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Turn the clock back to 2007
Over the years, Monta Ellis has developed a reputation for being a bit of a chucker, but he wasn't always that way.
If you go back to the 2007-08 campaign, Ellis shot an incredible 53.1 percent from the floor and posted a true shooting percentage of 58 percent. Wow. Go back a year further to 2006-07, and Ellis shot a solid 47.5 percent and compiled a true shooting percentage of 54.5.
So, what the heck happened?
In 2012-13, Ellis hit on a rather underwhelming 41.6 percent of his field-goal tries, his lowest mark since his rookie year. The season before that, he connected on 43.3 percent of his shot attempts.
Ellis needs to go back and watch some film of 2007 to see what he was doing differently back then. Just looking at the stats, he only attempted 15.1 field goals per game in 2007-08, over two full shot attempts lower than the 17.5 he averaged this past season.
Obviously, Monta's shot selection was a lot better five or six years ago than it is now, and that's not how it usually works.
Accept the fact that this is Dirk Nowitzki's team
Perhaps the biggest problem with Ellis is that he never played alongside of an experienced star who was willing to put him in his place. He was among a bunch of youngsters in Golden State, and with Milwaukee, he was sharing the basketball with his essential clone in Brandon Jennings.
Now, Ellis will be playing next to a legend in Dirk Nowitzki, a man who knows all about winning. Maybe this will turn Ellis around?
For that to happen, Monta immediately needs to understand that he can't be launching 17.5 shots per game. He is not the No. 1 option here: Nowitzki is.
If Ellis learns to keep himself in check, the Dallas Mavericks may have made a very nice signing with the 6'3" guard.